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November 20, 2015
Workshop on ‘Total Worker Health,’ Dec. 9-10

The NIH Office of Disease Prevention, NHLBI and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health are sponsoring the NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Total Worker Health—What’s Work Got to Do With It? It will be held Dec. 9-10 in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10, starting at 8:30 a.m. both days.

P2P workshops identify research gaps in a selected scientific area, identify methodological and scientific weaknesses in that area, suggest research needs and move the field forward through an evidence-based assessment of the issue.

A Total Worker Health (TWH) approach is defined as policies, programs and practices that integrate protection from work-related safety and health hazards with promotion of efforts to prevent injury and illness and advance worker well-being. NIOSH launched the TWH program to improve worker health and workplace safety.

In 2007, it is estimated that more than 53,000 deaths were caused by work-related illnesses; the estimated total cost of occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities was $250 billion. In 2013, more than 4,500 U.S. workers died from work-related injuries and more than 3 million had a nonfatal occupational injury or illness.

To better understand how TWH promotes bringing together the diversity of relevant programs—occupational safety and health, worksite health, disability management, workers’ compensation and human resource benefits—NIH has engaged in an assessment of the scientific evidence. This process will culminate in a second workshop that will focus on key questions in the TWH field. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments during open discussion periods. After weighing the evidence, an independent panel will prepare a report addressing the questions.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those who require reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Deborah Langer at langerdh@od.nih.gov.

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